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Better Arm Yourself

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Whether you want to pump up your arms or banish underarm jiggle, this fast-but-thorough routine will help you sculpt the guns of your dreams.

Three exercises are all you need to challenge every muscle in your arm, according to Mike Ryan of the Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute. By working the biceps, triceps and forearms in tandem, you’ll get a focused upper-body workout that builds chiseled definition in men and sexy strength in women.

Do this routine twice a week.

MEN

WOMEN

Goal

Build bigger, badder, shirt-busting guns

Banish dreaded “lunch lady” underarm jiggle

Weight

Heavy load

Challenging, but doable

Reps

8-12

16-25

Sets

4

4

Rest time

1-2 minutes

no more than 30 seconds

Pro tip

To really add bulk to those biceps, take in about 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight and 500 calories more than the amount required to maintain your weight each day.

For a truly lean, toned-all-over look, you’ll need to incinerate fat while training your muscles. Pair this routine with 45 minutes of cardio at least three days a week to fast-track the burn.

Seated alternating dumbbell curls

WORKS biceps, forearms
Sit on the end of a bench with a dumbbell in each hand, arms at your sides and palms facing inward. Starting with the right arm, curl the dumbbell up, rotating your wrist 90 degrees so you finish with palms up. Squeeze bicep for one second before lowering. Repeat on the left side. That’s one rep.

Standing tricep pushdown

WORKS triceps
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart in front of a tricep pushdown or cable machine with the cables, rope or straight bar hanging about chest level. Grab on with both hands, keeping elbows pinned to your sides. Push hands toward floor, fully extending arms in front of your body to touch the tops of your legs. Hold for a second; reverse movement and return to start.

Twenty-ones

WORKS biceps 
You can use a barbell or dumbbells for this exercise. Do seven of each kind of curl, totaling 21 reps. First set: Standing, hold weights at your thighs, palms facing up, and lift to waist height. Second set: Start at waist height and lift weight to your chest. Third set: Do a full curl, starting at legs and finishing at chest.

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